David Feng BEc MA DA / PhD is an Academic Visitor at the China Media Centre and also Lecturer at the Communication University ofÂ China. He was also previously Lecturer and Foreign Expert at Hebei University.
David has been through a unique upbringing in both Europe and Asia, and sees issues from both perspectives. Born in Beijing, he hasÂ also spent 12 years in Switzerland. He comes to the China Media Centre after 14 years in China. By nationality he is Swiss.
At the China Media Centre, Davidâ€™s research is centred upon media in China, in particular social media in the country. His scope ofÂ research focuses especially on newer developments in social media in China (Weibo, WeChat), how developments link to socialÂ developments, and also on how each side sees the other sideâ€™s social media, debunking â€œtruthinessâ€ and misconceptions.
In 1996, David set up his first website. In 2004, he began MA studies in broadcasting, presenting, and linguistics with Prof Lu Jing, aÂ former announcer of Chinaâ€™s 7 oâ€™clock flagship news programme, with research done in comparing prime-time programming in ChinaÂ and selected Western countries. In 2007, David started tweeting and began his presence on Facebook. His active participation in socialÂ media and events related to this lead to his PhD in Communication at the Communication University of China, which was completedÂ under the guidance of Prof Hu Zhengrong, an eminent China media scholar. Upon graduation in 2012 he became Lecturer at the sameÂ university, teaching students media, but also international culture, all in English. In both 2013 and 2014, David also lectured at HebeiÂ University to international students in both English and French on an introductory analysis course about the media (in general) in China.Â In those years, David also got to know the PR of Chinese organisations in transition better.
David is active in social media both in China and on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. This activity led him to grow interest on the matterÂ and forms the main foundation for his academic research. At the China Media Centre, heâ€™s interested in comparing the perceptions, pre-assumptions, and uses of social media, both amongst Chinese audiences in China, and non-Chinese audiences in the UK.
He has also been actively involved in â€œreal worldâ€ media. In 2004, David hosted English-language bulletins on university radio. SinceÂ then, he has been involved mostly with Radio Beijing (for nearly a decade), first as translator and voiceover artist, then ultimately beingÂ involved in not just co-hosting shows, but also in completely conceptualising a new show in 2013, focusing mainly on English in ChinaÂ and on informing a China-based audience about English and the Anglosphere. In and around 2006, David and the Mac user group heÂ used to head experimented with both audio and video podcasts, at a time when this was still a new addition to iTunes. He has alsoÂ authored, translated and proofread books on both technology and English.
He has blogged since late 2005; he has blogged independently and previously with other China-based English-language blogs, includingÂ CNReviews and Tech in Asia. David and has also been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, Xinhua, Chinese Central Television and many otherÂ media organisations. From 2007 to 2010 he also blogged, at times nearly daily, at City Weekend Beijing, in his â€œBeijingologyâ€ blog aboutÂ the city of Beijing and its infrastructural developments. In early 2014 David and wife Tracy were actively involved in the Inaugural Sino-British Television Programme Innovation Management Summit. The event, emceed by David and others, took place in Xiamen, China,Â and featured key players in both China and UK media.
David has also been featured in publications. In late 2013, a new book on communications media was published in Chinese and includedÂ Davidâ€™s articles about trends and developments of social media in that country. He is also an active speaker, having spoken at ChineseÂ Blogger Conferences and at TEDx events, about social media and China.
David can be contacted by email or via social media.